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Old 01-18-2010, 07:16 PM
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I am moving to Panama City, FL from Alabama.

There are several things I need to know and have been scouring the net with not a whole lot of luck.

Where are the safe places to live in Panama City, Fl? Where are the areas of higher crime that would be better to avoid?

Daycares??? Are there any reputable daycare centers in Panama City, FL? I have a 2 yr old and 4 yr old. Please give me a list of them someone.

Churches? We are Baptist but were married in a non denominational church. We are not extremely picky but usually attend larger churches versus the small ones. Any recommendations??

I am a Nurse and I have read online and applied to the 2 hospitals in this town, are there anymore hospitals near by? Is one better to work at than the other? I read on the Bay Medical Center's website that they have on site childcare, would that be childcare only for when you are working out at the gym or daycare like childcare?

Any other extra info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-19-2010, 02:01 PM
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Lynn Haven or Northshore (NW PC) areas are very family friendly, affordable and convenient. First Methodist has a very good preschool with before and after care- really a daycare but much better feel. First Baptist church downtown is very popular in the community.

I live on the east end of Panama City Beach. Very "nice" gated community like Fort Knox but not social at all. Everyeone is very friendly but most unsocial place we have ever lived and very few people with small kids. I have to cross the bridge every day at least 2-4 times because of my childrens private school actually all the private schools are in town.
The Cove/Downtown is a very charming area but can be very smelly due to the proximity to the paper mill. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:12 AM
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I also live on the Panama City Beach .. I guess you could say this is the "good" side of town, The previous comment is true people arent social. I do not know all of my neighbors and I've lived in the same neighborhood for 2 years. However, I like it. If you plan on working at Bay Medical or Gulf Coast Medical you might not want to live over the bridge so you wont have to drive all the way down there to work. And since you have kids lynn haven the cove or callaway area would be a better choice. They are less expensive, close to the local hospitals, and full of families military or otherwise so theres plenty of daycares. If you choose to live on the beach side you will most likely need a nanny. This side of town is very Russian, and many young russian girls take odd jobs as nannies or housekeepers ect in exchange for room and board anda small allowance. My friend had a jamacain exchange student as her Nanny and a russian student as her housekeeper for about $400 per month for both! You cant find that kind of a deal at a daycare.

Like any other town we have "low wage" areas but not allot of crime. Pamama city in general is a really safe place with very little crime. Good Luck
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:30 AM
Location: Panama City FL
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Haha, yeah I live in the Cove and it is really nice, except for the occasional fragrance of paper mill! I do know my neighbors though, when we moved in they all introduced themselves so maybe it's different on the beach? I am from Northern VA and let me tell you, THAT is an unfriendly area. People here are always talking to us, which kinda freaks me out since I am used to only surly, unfriendly glares, snobby judgmental looks and outright hatefulness...so I actually think people are TOO friendly (I am definitely NOT a people person lol), but it's not bad. I wish I could recommend a church, but we have been sadly lax on our churchgoing (we are Baptists too), however First Baptist Church in Downtown PC looks nice and so does St. Andrews. If we ever get around to going I'll let you know what they were like.
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